Sergio Ramos calls for united front after Leganes defeatJanuary 25, 2018
Leganes made it to their first ever Copa del Rey semi final as they stunned Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and Sergio Ramos has called on his team-mates to put on a united front as the season enters it’s final stages.
Marco Asensio’s late goal in the first leg had given Los Blancos the advantage heading into the second leg across the city with Real widely tipped to complete the job at home.
However it was the visitors who stunned the home fans by taking the lead towards the end of the first half. Achraf Hakimi’s ball into Nacho Fernandez was poor causing the centre back to slip and allowing Javier Eraso onto the ball with space to run into but instead the midfielder took aim from 25 yards bending a fantastic effort into the top left corner of Kiko Casilla’s goal.
Real needed a strong start to the second half and got just that within two minutes of the restart. Karim Benzema collected the ball on the right edge of the box and dinked the ball beautifully over Nereo Champagne into the corner.
Lega however weren’t awed and took just eight minutes to move back in front when Gabriel Pires bulleted home a header from a corner into the roof of the net.
Champagne denied Benzema from point blank range followed by another world class save to tip a Sergio Ramos header over the bar as Real threw everything at Los Pepineros in search of an equaliser to send them through but in the end the shock of the round was complete as Leganes’ dream run in the tournament continued.
Speaking after the game, Ramos said he and his team-mates will stand up and support boss Zinedine Zidane.
“I don’t want there to be big changes here,” Ramos told reporters post-match.
“Yes, to be eliminated in this manner in the Copa is a failure and we must ask questions but we, the players, are the first ones to stand up for Zidane.
“We are going through a tough time but we must remain as united as possible and not throw away the rest of the campaign as we still have a lot to play for.
“We have to use these bad moments to learn and to grow, because we are all responsible for this and we still have the Champions League to look forward to.”
Real Madrid now prepare to face Valencia on Saturday afternoon in a game which could see Zidane put under further pressure.